• (British) IPA: /ˈpɜː.sən.əl/, /ˈpɜːs.nəl/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈpɜɹ.sən.əl/, /ˈpɜɹs.nəl/


  1. Pertaining to human beings as distinct from things.
  2. Of or pertaining to a particular person; relating to, or affecting, an individual, or each of many individuals; peculiar or proper to private concerns; not public or general
    personal question;   personal desire
    Her song was her personal look at the values of friendship.
    You can't read my diary - it is personal.
  3. Pertaining to the external or bodily appearance; corporeal.
    personal charms
  4. Done in person; without the intervention of another.
    a personal interview;   personal settings
    • '2011, Bob Nelson, ‎Peter Economy, Consulting For Dummies
      Although you miss the nonverbal cues that you pick up in a personal meeting, you can call far more clients in a day than you can meet with in person.
  5. Relating to an individual, their character, conduct, motives, or private affairs, in an invidious and offensive manner
    personal reflections or remarks
  6. (grammar) Denoting a person.
    a personal pronoun
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personal (plural personals)

  1. An advertisement by which individuals attempt to meet others with similar interests.
  2. A movable; a chattel.

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